The Chief Executive of the Council on the Aging (COTA) Australia, Ian Yates AM, DUnivFlin has announced that in 2022 he will step down from his long-serving role as Chief Executive and help with the transition to a new leadership of the leading organization for older Australians.
COTA Australia Chair Jane Halton AO, PSM said: “Ian Yates’ contribution to COTAs and the wellbeing of older Australians has been immense over 33 years, and more particularly during his 20 years in the role principal of national leadership. It would be great if Ian could go on indefinitely, but the real world isn’t like that, and Ian and the board agreed that this year was a good time to transition to a new CEO.
Ian Yates has been the chief executive of the national organization COTA for 20 years since mid-2002. In June 2022 it will be 33 years since he became Managing Director of COTA SA in June 1989. Although COTA SA Managing Director Ian has led a number of national initiatives including the establishment of the COTA membership and insurance, the national COTA magazine, national conferences and major policy journals.
Announcing he would be stepping down later this year, Ian Yates said: “Leading the leading national consumer policy and advocacy body for older Australians for two decades has been both a privilege and a challenge.
“There have been many accomplishments, such as increasing the 2009 age pension by $30 per week; the 2012 Elder Care Reforms Live Better, Live Longer; the success of the Hands Off the Pension campaign in 2014; the 2015 pension reforms that continued until the last budget; the 2018 budget package More choices for a longer life; and the 2021 Federal Budget measures in response to the Royal Commission on the Quality and Safety of Elderly Care – in which COTA Australia played a major role. On the other hand, we still have a lot to do. »
Ian Yates added: “My commitment to the welfare of older Australians has not diminished in the least. But in running a national organization for so long, you have to think about how well the succession transition is going; and I know it’s when it happens as a planned process, not waiting for a crisis to precipitate it. I will continue to contribute in my other roles, such as Chairman of the Council of Elders, and in new ventures.
“I am healthy and in good standing with our board and staff, constituencies, other peer consumer organizations, government, opposition and media. Now is the time to plan the succession transition so that the organization can adapt and move forward with all the strengths we have accumulated over the past decades.
COTA Australia Chair Jane Halton said: “The Board has engaged Ian Hansen, one of Australia’s most experienced executive search consultants, to assist with the recruitment process for COTA Australia. a new general manager. Once appointed, we anticipate that the succession will involve a significant transition period, to which Ian Yates has consented. We have not set specific dates – we are looking for the right person – but we expect the transition to be complete by 2022.”
COTA Australia will begin advertising the Managing Director position in the coming week.